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Jack Parker, 90

| September 20, 2023 1:00 AM

John Bruce "Jack" Parker, 90, passed away Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023, in Sandpoint, Idaho.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 25, 2023, at the First Presbyterian Church in Sandpoint, with Pastor Andy Kennaly officiating. A reception will follow at the Sandpoint Elk’s Lodge.

Jack was born May 16, 1933, in Sandpoint, Idaho, to O.B. and Mary Parker. He graduated from Sandpoint High School in 1951. He attended the University of Idaho, joined the Sigma Nu Fraternity and served as president his senior year, and assisted coaches as an athletic trainer, graduating in 1955.

Jack married Shirley Henriksson on April 25, 1959, in Sandpoint. Jack took over operations of Sandpoint Motor Company from his father in 1957 and later sold the dealership to Greg Taylor.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, a charter member of the Rotary Club of Sandpoint, the Past Exalted Ruler of Sandpoint B.P.O. Elks No. 1376, Lakeside Masonic Lodge No. 42, and Calam Shriners. He also served as chairman of the board at Panhandle State Bank and chairman of the board of Bonner General Health, where he served for over 50 years. He was a past president of the Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce and a past president of the Idaho Automobile Dealers Association. He was a member of Bulldog Bench and, at one point, was named North Idaho Booster of the Year.

Jack was born and raised in Sandpoint and lived in the same house for most of his life. He cared a great deal about the community and gave back to it in many ways. He loved to fish, spend time at his cabin in Garfield Bay in the summer, and was an avid snow skier in the winter. He was a devoted sports fan in every season of the year!

His family was his pride and joy. He would often remark that he was "the luckiest man alive" to have spent 60-plus years with such a wonderful woman by his side. His children and grandchildren meant the world to him, and the feeling was reciprocated.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Parker of Sandpoint; two daughters, Jackie Windju and Anne Marie (Bart) Casey of Sandpoint; two sons, David Parker of Boise, Idaho, and Greg (Cori) Parker of Annandale, Va.; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, and daughter-in-law, Kirsten Parker.

Lakeview Funeral Home in Sandpoint is handling the arrangements. Please visit Jack’s online memorial at and sign his guest book.